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Best Albums of the 1980s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 35,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
19801,423278,329 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,470152,678 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,462194,130 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,435176,690 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,477239,019 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,472186,151 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,544262,377 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,718254,341 The Joshua Tree (35th)
by U2
19881,741238,836 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,803327,631 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,5452,310,181

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, U2, The Cure, Talking Heads, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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31.

Legend
Compilation
Jamaica Bob Marley & The Wailers
Year of Release:1984Appears in:401 charts
Rank in 1984:6Rank Score:11,468
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:237
Average Rating:  84/100 (822 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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32.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:565 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:11,168
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:245
Average Rating:  81/100 (835 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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33.

Hatful Of Hollow
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:436 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:10,265
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:263
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (729 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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34.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:485 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:10,088
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:269
Average Rating:  79/100 (727 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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35.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:555 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:9,812
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:279
Average Rating:  79/100 (648 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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36.

PsychocandyUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1985Appears in:558 charts
Rank in 1985:5Rank Score:9,776
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:282
Average Rating:  80/100 (696 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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37.

SynchronicityUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1983Appears in:576 charts
Rank in 1983:3Rank Score:9,617
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:286
Average Rating:  78/100 (751 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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38.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:448 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:9,520
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:290
Average Rating:  79/100 (826 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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39.

NebraskaUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:513 charts
Rank in 1982:3Rank Score:9,224
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:303
Average Rating:  80/100 (730 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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40.

Power, Corruption And LiesUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1983Appears in:540 charts
Rank in 1983:4Rank Score:9,023
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:313
Average Rating:  82/100 (644 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 104 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 419 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 16 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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